#sunpraireistrong fundraiser

It has been about 2 weeks since a gas line explosion on Main Street in Sun Prairie changed many lives. Read about it here in my blog post.

I would like to help by donating a portion of online sales to Sunshine Place, which provides a single point of access to social services for Sun Prairie residents to support themselves in time of need.

You can help raise funds for Sunshine Place by placing an online order using host code 7UY9EASY at my online store here. I will donate 25% of online orders placed using host code 7UY9EASY. Orders must be submitted by Monday, July 30th, noon.

Stampin’ Up! is a creative company helping people make connections through paper crafting kits and DIY paper crafting supplies. That stamp and paper aisle in the big box stores? That is what my company does only the products are shipped directly from Utah to your front door. Most of the products are made in Utah as well. My store is online and so is ordering. I also hold in person paper crafting events for all ages. Ask me about that part of my business.

You will receive a hand stamped greeting card in your snail mailbox from me as a thank you for ordering and supporting #sunprairiestrong efforts to provide help and hope.

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

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Willy Street Annual Meeting and Party

I am a member of the Willy Street Co-op in Madison. They host an annual meeting and party on the hottest day of the year! Last year, I had Mom to keep me company.

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This year, I was on my own and got there early. The next photo is me in line with the same building as the top photo. I was right next to the tree just beyond the red van this year.


This many people were earlier birds than I was.


The next photo is what I brought along to work on while in line while sitting on Lava Buns. I did not realize until I started working on assembling that I brought an appropriately colored and themed project. An eggplant and dark purple colors are in the #WillyStreet logo. Co-op brings to mind fabulous produce in all gloriousness like what is printed on the patterned paper.


I had a nice conversation with a young man while in line. He works in education and seems well fitted for his job. He was hoping to score almond butter in his gift bag. I got espresso peanut butter #yumbutter so he might have gotten that variety too.


We enjoyed samples from many vendors including #nessalla #chocolateshoppeicecream #zanzibaryum #wiscopop #tierrafarm #albertsfreshproduce

Falafel with hummus, green salad and cookie rounded out the grazing.

Maybe next year it will be cool enough to stay and enjoy the music. I headed to my air conditioned coolness as quick as I could!

Super Awesome Willy Street Co-op Member Shirley Merker

#sunprairiestrong Life changes in an Instant

A week ago this time, Sun Prairie was just waking up and the days’ bustle was getting started. Morning walks were being taken, toast being served and minds were getting ready to work.

I had 3 greeting card sessions that day followed by volunteering at Gilda’s Club as kitchen host with an alumni Girl Scout troop. It was a busy day for me.

My last task for the day was to deliver a product order to DeForest on my way back from Gilda’s in Middleton. I head east, then north and then south to home. On my journey south, the sky was filled with black smoke that grew larger the closer I got to home.

My initial thought is that is not good; I hope no one is hurt. The smoke seems to be over PAC, close to where I live. As I change direction, I can see it is further south and east. I arrive home with neighbors outside looking around. Jim said the house rattled but sounded different than the garage door and my car. When I did not enter the house, he checked the garage to see I was not home so he knew it was something else.

As the events unfolded, we learned of the destruction and the price paid from the fallen firefighter. Life changes in an instant.

We were asked to stay away from the area so emergency workers could do their job. I had a senior living session at a community that is just inside the evacuation zone on Wednesday morning. I knew the residents were back in their community so I packed my supply tub light in case I had to walk in. I was able to park in their lot with the police barricade just beyond the driveway. Residents were so appreciative that I held the session. It made such a difference to their day that I was there. I like to think I make a difference during every other session too. Insert smiley emoji here:)

It’s been a week since since that day when life changed in an instant for many. Businesses are boarded, fences up to maintain a parameter around the zone and a final farewell for the firefighter was done.

Sun Prairie is taking steps to help those affected with #sunprairiestrong support. As I was reading about how other businesses and people were raising funds, I have an idea how my business can help. I already have a Card Buffet on my schedule for this Sunday, July 22nd, 1-3pm and Monday, July 23rd, 9-11am. Anyone that places an online order using host code 7UY9EASY at my online store can stop in during Card Buffet hours and hand stamp a greeting card on me. I will donate 25% of online orders placed using host code 7UY9EASY. The donation will be made to Sunshine Place, which provides a single point of access to social services for Sun Prairie residents to support themselves in time of need.

I look forward to meeting you at the buffet to help others after their Life Changes in an Instant.

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

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Happy Birthday Aunt Dollie!

My Mom’s sister celebrated 80 years of good living with a surprise party at her favorite neice’s house. Aunt Dollie likes to color images for focal points on her greeting cards. Since I have stacks of stamp sets, I decided to stamp 80 images that she can color to her hearts content.


There are 2 of each image stamped with Memento ink pad, a mix of retired and current images. If she does not like the color combination she picked for the first image, she can change up the colors for the second image.


I used a card exchange card and color coordinated with a Paper Pumpkin box to gift the images in. A simple and complete package that was quick to assemble.



Happy 80th Birthday Aunt Dollie!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

My Snail Mailbox


My snail mail box was full with these 3 cards in one day! Happy to see people using their Paper Pumpkin kits. I am not sure if the sender of the scripture card knows that purple is my favorite color. It’s a pretty one!

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription service which delivers pre-designed, precut papercrafting projects straight to your snail mailbox. And it’s the perfect time for new subscribers to try out the kits. Right now, if you are a first-time subscriber, you’ll receive a discount of 50% off the May and June kits. That’s about $10 a kit depending on your tax rate.

Sounds like something you would like to try? Use the promo code SAVEFIFTY0418 at my Paper Pumpkin website by May 10th.

Click here to zoom to my Paper Pumpkin website to sign up for 2 months at half off!

You will receive your May kit in the middle of the month. Then start to brighten someone’s day with your Paper Pumpkin creations!

Thanks for being a Paper Pumpkin subscriber!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley